Officer Caprio Community Memorials Continue A Month After Her Death

by Rus VanWestervelt Exclusive for Baltimore News And Events June 21, 2018 A month ago, Laura Joy Rode and Erinn Patrick, third-grade teachers at Seven Oaks Elementary and residents of Parkville, sat in their classrooms with their students until 9 p.m. as police wrapped up their initial investigation of the death of one of their … Continue reading Officer Caprio Community Memorials Continue A Month After Her Death

Faith, Hope, and Legacy: A Collection of Christmas Reflections

Sharing with all of my Baltimore Writer followers... Thank you very much for your interest in Faith, Hope, and Legacy: A Collection of Christmas Reflections, featuring "Gretchie's Gifts," my latest Christmas story in memory of my dear friend, Gretchen Trageser Smith. This is a 121-page eBook (PDF format) that can be opened on any smartphone … Continue reading Faith, Hope, and Legacy: A Collection of Christmas Reflections

Memorial Day: Remember The Sacrifice

My alarm went off at 2:57 a.m., and three minutes later, I received the text from my friend Trina. Leaving now to commence with project honor Memorial Day. Twenty minutes later, at 3:20 a.m., after I had gathered my photo gear and thrown some journals and pens in my backpack, I headed out the door … Continue reading Memorial Day: Remember The Sacrifice

Chasing Fire: Understanding the Death of Baltimore’s Mayor in 1904

 In 2003, I completed my 306-page thesis on the Baltimore Fire of 1904. In my research, I stumbled on a little-known fact about the mayor of Baltimore during that historic conflagration, and I composed a much shorter piece (below) about his death and my pursuit of the truth about how he died. In the process, … Continue reading Chasing Fire: Understanding the Death of Baltimore’s Mayor in 1904

A Chill In August (Re)Ignites The Fire To Teach

It reached 77 degrees today, on this, the 24th of August. Blue sky, patchy white clouds, and the eerie absence of a Baltimore humidity that makes thousands of locals usually proclaim, “It’s not the heat; it’s the humidity.”In Baltimore, it’s been neither this summer; just one late-spring day after another. Heat waves have lasted hours, … Continue reading A Chill In August (Re)Ignites The Fire To Teach

Where I’m Writing: Prospect Hill Cemetery

I spent the afternoon at Prospect Hill Cemetery here in Towson, six acres of burial grounds on preserved land just feet from the hectic circle joining five of Towson's busiest streets. I am working on a feature that will be published September 10, just two days from the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore. … Continue reading Where I’m Writing: Prospect Hill Cemetery